Just released in stores, this latest version of Life makes room for an iPad in the center that acts as your virtual spinner and source of random wacky comedy videos. iPad not included, of course. $24.99.
Hasbro has a whole line of iPad and iPhone "app-enhanced" games. Monopoly Zapped Edition uses an iOS device as a virtual bank that interacts with little credit cards instead of standard cash. Yes, it's come to that. Available in June.
See those two end pieces? Hold them, wait for the LED lights to reach the center, and smash them together. The simple arcade-game-like idea behind Bop It! Smash is a different spin on the reflex-driven Bop It! games. It comes out this fall, for $19.99.
Lazer Tag gets reborn this summer in a new iPhone/iPod-compatible form. An iPhone or iPod Touch docks in the top viewfinder, acting as a HUD with augmented reality: a downloadable app will indicate fire and target explosions. The Lazer Tag Blaster will cost $39.99 per gun, or $69.99 for a set of two, and comes out August 1.
Bearing little resemblance to the classic limb-twisting party game, this is basically a music player dock that applies a series of color-coded beats to whatever song you play on it. Place colored spots on the floor, and you can dance to your own music in a game that feels a little like Dance Dance Revolution. Twister Dance generates nonrandom color patterns for each song, so you could theoretically coordinate a dance party with a friend who has the same They Might Be Giants song as you do. It also comes with its own built-in pop tunes. Arriving this fall for $34.99.
It's hard to believe, but the Furreal line of electronic plush toys is 10 years old (then again, 2002 doesn't seem so long ago). This year's Baby Butterscotch: My Magical Show Pony has sensors that calm it down or get it excited, and it eats a carrot with gusto. Butterscotch comes out this fall for $119, to the delight of robot pony lovers everywhere.
Yes, that's the official name for this version of the droid-charging tank from "The Phantom Menace." Available in the fall for $139.99, this megatoy comes with 20 battle droids that slowly emerge from the middle via motor. Battle droids were never more numerous.
For $5.99, these little light-up glasses work with a whole new line of Nerf Firevision sports gear that glows in the dark up to 100 feet away when you look through the glasses. Available August 1 along with Firevision football, Nerfoop basketball, and Hyper Bounce Ball toys.
For $19.99, this reflective football glowed green for me when my Firevision Sports Frames were aimed at it. You can't see it in the picture, but it's a neat effect. The ball comes with two pairs of glasses frames, which fit over regular glasses like mine. Available August 1.